Waseem to face Rober Barrera in a vital fight today

By our correspondent
DUBAI: Pakistan’s premier professional boxer Mohammad Waseem will face Rober Barrera of Colombia in a vital bout in Dubai on Friday (today).
The fight has enormous significance. It will be a WBC flyweight silver title bout and it will also be the WBA final world title elimintaor. Waseem is confident to win the fight.
“I have focussed on nutrition and have great strength. InshaAllah I will be able to win this fight,” Waseem told thecricketplus.com’ in an interview from Dubai on Thursday.
If he is able to beat the Colombian it will be the third world silver title for the Quetta-born fighter. “Definitely it’s very important fight. The major thing is that it will shape my career if I am able to win it as I will not only reclaim my WBC world silver crown but it will also put me on brink of world title as after winning this I will then go for the world title shot,” Waseem said.
Waseem is satisfied with his preparations.
“I am happy with the way I have prepared myself for this fight. In Scotland I had a tough sparring partner and training with him has put me in strong position. In Scotland I had spent around a month and had over 30 round of sparring and in Dubai I had around 40 round of sparring. I am very much confident to win this fight,” Waseem said.
This will be after a year that the Pakistani fighter will return to ring due to covid-19 which has hurt the training of athletes around the world. And Waseem feels this.
“Definitely it will be an issue if you play after so long time but it was not in our hands. I hope the ring rustiness will not affect my performance,” said Waseem, also a former Asian Games bronze medallist.
Waseem has played 12 bouts in his brief but illustrious career, winning 11 with eight knock-outs, losing just one game. Rober Barrera, on the other hand, has recorded 23 wins, with 13 knock-outs. He lost just three fights.
On December 19, 2020, Waseem had played his last bout against Jeny Boy Boca of the Philippines at Governor House Lahore which the Pakistani fighter won.

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